Mayor's Rural Expo and Food Aid Day

Mayor's Rural Expo - OttawaCity Hall will be the site of the fourth annual Mayor’s Rural Expo in conjunction with Food Aid Day. Being able to showcase Ottawa’s rural community, which is unique for a major Canadian city, in the heart of our downtown was a fitting way celebrate our city’s geographic and cultural diversity.

Many residents of and visitors to Ottawa do not realize that we boast such amazing farms, businesses, fairs, and more in our rural communities. This is why it’s critical that we do what we can as a City Council to promote these features that are part of what make our city so great.  

Building on the success of last year, the fourth annual Mayor’s Rural Expo will be held in conjunction with Food Aid Day on Thursday June 2, 2016. The Rural Expo will bring a sampling of all that rural Ottawa has to offer down to City Hall for a day that promises to be interesting and entertaining for visitors of all ages. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a variety of booths set up both outdoors at Marion Dewar Plaza and in Jean Pigott Place inside City Hall where visitors will be able to learn more about the wonderful variety of things Ottawa’s rural communities have to offer. The event will also feature musical entertainment throughout the day and local celebrities participating in a cow milking contest at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

The Rural Expo will be held in conjunction with the 12th annual Food Aid Day, featuring a pancake breakfast presented by Stanley's Olde Maple Lane Farm from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and a barbecue lunch presented the The WORKS from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Food Aid Day has raised a tremendous amount of money for the Ottawa Food Bank over the past 10 years and we look forward to doing so once again this year.

Drop by City Hall throughout the day on Thursday June 2 and visit some of the great attractions and businesses from rural Ottawa.

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